The Second Coming Of Rockets Redglare

Rockets Redglare was a native New Yorker. His family was tough. He was born addicted to heroin. His childhood was no fairy tale and Rockets moved to the East Village to escape his past. He couldn’t outrun heroin and his habit became the thing of legends on the Punk Scene. Rockets could score anywhere and anytime. This service endeared him to the junkie stars on the Lower East Side scene. Big names got drugs from him. They got ripped off too. Rockets was skilled at both, but not at losing weight and no matter how much dope he did, Rockets ballooned past overweight to fat and then obese. His loser image was captured in Jim Jamusch’s STRANGER THAN PARADISE.

Rockets Redglare was a true punk heavy.

The drugs wore him down and the legend languished in a hospital bed till his death in 2001.

His life was immortalized in the 2003 documentary ROCKETS REDGLARE.

“Anything I ever liked … I always did to excess.”

He was one of a kind, however Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been dodging recent allegations of smoking crack cocaine. The extremely obese Canadian was elected as a conservative. A video has surfaced showing Mr. Big huffing on a stem. His defense of this accusation has consistently been to deny ever doing drugs.

One look at his face and I say ‘guilty guilty guilty’ of lying.

Rockets Redglare never Judased his jones.

Judging from the below photo Rob Ford resembles a man out of control.

He must have a very good clean-up staff, because this guy has been like this for a long time.

He’s no Rockets Redglare, unless Rob Ford has decided to exhume the role for Canada.

I thought once was enough, but maybe I’m wrong

Rockets Redglare was real.


A dealer in New York City in the ’70s. He specialized in speed and heroin, since marijuana was considered a hippie drug. He was quite known throughout the under ground for his great deals and for the fact that you could gip him easily, because he had no common sense.

One evening in the year of ’77, Rockets Redglare was found at a bar with a bunch of his buddies, drinking beer. He footed the bill, which is something he never did, because he was almost always broke. One of his friends asked him where he got the money. On hearing this Rockets promptly started bragging to his friends that he killed Nancy Spungen.

Yes, the same Nancy Spungen who at the time, was the girlfriend of Sid Vicious. Nancy was killed with Sid’s favorite knife, that never got separated from him. Sid was blamed for killing his girlfriend and stayed doped up on heroin for a week.

At the end of the week, he and a bunch of friends had a huge party. One of Sid’s friends told him that he knew of a great heroin dealer that could make him a good deal because of who he was. The dealer came to where Sid was staying and sold him some heroin. Sid took it and partied till he dropped. The next morning he was found in the home, dead. We now know that what was given to Sid was a hot shot.

Now that’s a story and it might even be true.

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